WORK is underway on a $25m project to replace seven culverts on the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Richmond, north Queensland, with a view to improving the key freight route’s reliability.
Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester visited the site to help get the project underway as part of the $600m Northern Australia Roads Programme.
“This is the type of investment that will help us leverage every opportunity that presents itself in coming years, with the Flinders Highway being a nationally significant link for mining and agriculture freight between the Port of Townsville and the Mount Isa–Townsville Economic Zone,” Mr Chester said.
“The region’s future economic and social growth relies on fit-for-purpose road infrastructure to link communities to jobs and essential services. Replacing these culverts will bring them up to current standards, which is critical to shifting the region’s freight and product to markets.”
Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Steven Miles said the project would boosting economic confidence in northern Queensland.
This project is expected to improve the highway’s reliability and flood immunity by allowing water to flow safely under the roadway.
The Commonwealth Government has committed up to $20m to the Flinders Highway (Charters Towers – Richmond) Culvert Upgrades, with the Queensland Government to fund the remaining $5m.